|Platform(s)||Game Boy, Nintendo 3DS (3DS VC)|
|Release Date||Game Boy |
NA August 1, 1992
JP April 17, 1992
PAL August 3, 1992
3DS Virtual Console
NA June 30, 2011
PAL June 30, 2011
|Ratings||Game Boy |
Kirby's Dream Land is a platforming game and the first installment in the Kirby series. The game was developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy handheld system. Even though Kirby has all of his basic attacks, he lacks his copy ability which doesn't appear until Kirby's Adventure.
The gluttonous King Dedede has stolen all of the food from the inhabitants of Dream Land for a midnight feast, so Kirby, a resident of Dream Land, goes to retrieve the food and stop Dedede. Kirby's Dream Land plays like other platformers of the 8-bit and 16-bit era of video games: Kirby must use various natural abilities and occasionally external abilities or items while heading toward the goal at the end of each level. Like many 1980s-era platformers, the player can accumulate points, with an extra life granted when the player has enough points. However, because Kirby lacks a save function, scores are not recorded. All levels are played on a two-dimensional plane, letting Kirby move only left, right, up, and down. Kirby can walk, jump, and fly. Kirby can also inhale objects and enemies, swallowing them or spitting them out as projectiles.
After beating the game, the player unlocks Extra Game, or Extra Mode, which is a harder version of the regular game. It features more challenging bosses and enemies. It is extremely similar to the Revenge of the King game in Kirby Super Star Ultra.